The former Madras Aquatic Center Recreation District executive director, who was indicted in March on theft charges related to his time at the district, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail.
Joseph Brady McHaney, 39, received his sentence in Jefferson County Circuit Court after pleading no contest to three counts of first-degree theft, three counts of computer crimes and one count of first-degree official misconduct.
In addition, McHaney was ordered to pay $7,353 in restitution to the aquatic center and Jefferson County Kids Club.
He stole the money from the two organizations and defrauded them by voiding cash transactions, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.
The district attorney’s office turned the criminal investigation over to the Oregon Department of Justice due to conflicts of interest. Madras Police Sgt. Steve Webb, the district attorney’s investigator, is a member of the recreation district board and participated in the decision to fire McHaney. Additionally, McHaney’s mother is the police department’s office manager, according to Jefferson County District Attorney Steve Leriche.
The Oregon Department of Justice regularly helps district attorneys in all 36 counties on cases in which there is a conflict of interest.
The Madras Aquatic Center board placed McHaney on paid administrative leave in April and fired him in June. The board refused to disclose why he was fired.
McHaney maintained his innocence in a separation agreement with the board.
David Allen, McHaney’s attorney, said in June the board was investigating voided cash transactions since January 2017. The board never completed an audit, which meant it was unable to verify whether any money went missing or if there was a rational explanation for the voided transactions, according to Allen.
The board had no proof that McHaney was at fault, Allen said.
McHaney was named Outstanding Director of the Year by the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce in 2017 after four years leading the aquatic center.
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